import an excel file to a mysqldb table


i want to import the data in an excel file to a mysql table. i'm using mysql administrator tool. is there a way i can populate data through an excel file ?

thanks very much for your reply !

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Aleksandar BradarićSoftware DeveloperCommented:
I think your only options is to save your Excel file in the CSV format. This file can be then imported into the MySQL table using the LOAD DATA INFILE command (see details here:

You can save the data to a csv file from excell and then use load data infile.


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lilyyanAuthor Commented:
Hi, thanks for all replies.
1st question is, i dodn't have ftp permission for  the mysql production server i'm using. will  this be an issue?

2nd,  i don't have a home directory on the production server either. (same for other users)

i'm thinking...
first  import the excel file (  turn it into .csv file) into the mysql server on my pc. then do a back up, then restore on the production server. will this work ? please give me some hint. thanks so much.

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Aleksandar BradarićSoftware DeveloperCommented:
> 1st question is, i dodn't have ftp permission for  the mysql production server i'm using. will  this be an issue?

No - you'll just have to use phpMyAdmin to insert the data.

> 2nd,  i don't have a home directory on the production server either. (same for other users)

Same here - phpMyAdmin is your tool. No need to use FTP to upload the file - you have a screen in phpMyAdmin which allows you to upload the file.

Yes it will work. Not sure what kind of hint you need - it's more or less straight forward...

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lilyyanAuthor Commented:
hi, thanks for the reply. i'm using Mysql Administrator tool. will this be the same as phpMyAdmin ?
If you use LOCAL DATA INFILE there is no need to upload the files to the database server, as long as you connect to mysql directly from your pc, in the case of phpMyAdmin this is not applicable.

Short work around:
1) Install mysql on your local machine.
2) Run the process localy
3) Dump the database to an sql script.
4) Run it usinh phpMyAdmin or whatever tool you like.

Hope that helps
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